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GREEN SEAWEEDS – Nutritional Benefits & Quick Applications

Green seaweeds grow closest to the shore and are closely related to land plants.  Often noticed because of their vibrant colours, they are fewer in number than the red or brown seaweeds (about 140 species in New Zealand). The most popular green species are Sea Lettuce and Sea Grapes.

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE OF GREEN SEAWEEDS

Green seaweeds are the emeralds of the sea and they contain a wealth of minerals & trace elements, many times greater than is found in land-grown vegetables. They offer a good amount of digestible vegetable protein and are an important source of calcium, iron, enzymes and anti-oxidants. They are a top source of chlorophyll, fibre and Vitamin A, B & C.

KEY HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN SEAWEEDS

  1. Improve digestion and reduce sugar absorption
  2. Balance blood PH
  3. Antiviral against influenza
  4. Soothe burns, cuts & sores as a compress or poultice
  5. Toning, hydrating & nourishing for the skin
  6. Clear intestinal worms
  7. Used to treat gout

HOW TO INCLUDE GREEN SEAWEEDS INTO YOUR DIET

  • Make attractive salsas & pesto served with corn chips or as a garnish
  • Sprinkle as a condiment on grains, potatoes or seafood
  • Make flavoured butter/spread with sea lettuce, preserved lemon & chilli
  • Re-hydrate the leaves & add to salads, stir-fries or mash
  • Chop into soups, especially nice with root vegetables, squash & grain
  • Visit our recipe section for an extensive collection of easy-to-make dishes

Sea Lettuce is a good sources of vitamin B12 which has an important role in DNA synthesis. Green seaweeds have been a traditional medical agent to treat worm infections, urinary diseases and edema (Kim et al., 2007). The antimicrobial & antibacterial activities of green seaweeds -Sea Lettuce & Sea Grapes - are being studied against human bacterial pathogen  activity.
The 'ulvan' compound a sulfated polysaccharide found in Sea Lettuce is being researched for their strong antioxidant, antitumor, anticoagulant & antiviral properties.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3433884/

Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and should be verified by a qualified health practitioner for specific & individual needs & requirements.

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